Sugar by Any Other Name

Sugar is a simple carbohydrate devoid of any nutritional benefits. And even if an ingredient label doesn’t list sugar, that

Sugar is a simple carbohydrate devoid of any nutritional benefits. And even if an ingredient label doesn’t list sugar, that doesn’t mean there isn’t any. Manufacturers use more kinds of sugar than you can shake a stick at, and it’s worth familiarizing yourself with some of them so you’re not fooled into thinking an item is better for you than it is. Look for any of these:

-Amazake
-Brown sugar
-Carob powder
-Corn syrup
-Dextrose
-Evaporated cane juice
-Fructose
-Fruit juice concentrate
-High-fructose corn syrup
-Honey
-Maltose

To get a sense of how much sugar you’re really eating, check the nutrition label for “Sugars,” listed in grams. Every 4 grams is equivalent to a teaspoon of sugar. Experts suggest we limit our sugar intake to 12 teaspoons a day for all food sources.

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